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“Yet another generic Indian!”
Review of Gurkha

Gurkha
Ranked #27 of 1,096 Restaurants in Sofia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $18
Cuisines: Indian, Nepali
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed April 21, 2013

So how many generic Indian restaurants have there to be in the world to give Indian cuisine such a bad rap? Indian cuisine can be very healthy and innovative and traditional, the way it is cooked in India and in homes, and in a handful of restaurants around the world. For the rest, the world has to settle with what I call the ' paneer, naan, chicken tikka' cuisine that has nothing to do with Indian cooking. It is even difficult to recognize Indian dishes in these restaurants.

Gurkha claims to be a Nepali restaurant, but I did not notice any traditional Nepali dishes except momos as a starter. Gurkha is owned by a Nepali Gurkha and that is the only claim to fame as a Nepali restaurant, similar to the Indian restaurants in the UK and the USA that are owned by Bangladeshis but have nothing to do with Bangladeshi cuisine. The fact of the matter is that these sub-continent restaurants can survive only because of the 'popularity' of chicken tikka masala. If they do not offer that, they will be dead in the water.

This was the third Indian restaurant I tried in Sofia, and they have all been uniformly bad. And they are all uniformly expensive by Sofia standards. And in all of them, the various Indian breads taste exactly the same, as do all the dishes because they are all made with a generous dose of onions and tomatoes and just a sprinkling of the main ingredient, e.g. I ordered the baingan bharta, and I could hardly detect any baingan. It was just a mish mash of tomatoes and onions.

Good luck to all the gullible Westerners who flock to these restaurants to get their dose of 'Indian cuisine'!

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Proper authentic curries, excellent service.. Value 115BGN meal, popodums, 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 desserts 1 bottle mineral water & 1 pinot grigio

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Thank GG1505
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

The best Nepali Restaurant in Sofia. Friendly staff, quite helpful with the menu. Good choice of vegetarian cuisine. Cousy atmosphere.

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Thank Des G
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

We had dinner here with some friends of ours. We were greeted warmly by the chef (owner?) and had delightful (if a bit forgetful) service through out the evening.
Starters were excellent - vegetable samosas and Nepalese dumplings. Both fantastic and well cooked and very tasty.
Mains - we had the lamb with spinach, butter chicken, chicken korma with rice and naan. The only disappointment was the chicken korma - it was very strange and flavourless. All the other dishes were amazing.
Dessert - the carrot cake is NOT cake. It is like the batter of a carrot cake, warmed and in a bowl. Very tasty, but not cake. The Indian cream dessert is a little strange, but nice enough.
The real stars of the night are the starters, curries and the service!
Others have commented on how hard it is to find, but our google maps found it with no trouble at all.
We will DEFINITELY go again.

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Thank Vicky_TR
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Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

Very good. It's very difficult to get a really nice Asian food in Eastern Europe. Shame it's so difficult to find otherwise it would be so popular.

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